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The Newsdesk 01.06.10 – Spider-Man 4 Delayed; Mendes to Direct Bond

• Word has it that script problems could postpone Spider-Man 4‘s 2011 release date. Either that, or Sam Raimi is auditioning dancers for the big musical number. Gotta top Spider-Man 3.

• Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and James McAvoy will star in an untitled comedy about a young man who learns he has cancer. Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) will direct.

• Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road) will direct the 23rd James Bond installment. Finally, the somber study of Bond’s suburban years we’ve all been waiting for.

Ron Howard will team with Vince Vaughn for a comedy about the “fallout surrounding infidelity between friends and lovers.” So it’s The Break-Up meets every Vince Vaughn movie from the past five years.

Owen Wilson has signed on the Hall Pass, an upcoming comedy from the Farrelly brothers. The story involves an unhappy husband who gets a “hall pass” from his wife to have an affair. Technically the only thing a hall pass grants you is the chance to leave class to go to the restroom.  Shouldn’t this be called “Get Out of Jail Free Card?”  


BIZ

US cinema takings beat DVD sales

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

More money was spent in US cinemas last year than on DVD and
Blu-ray discs for the first time since 2002, according to industry figures.

Media stocks start 2010 on high note

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

Stock markets opened 2010 with a bang Monday as many media
and entertainment stocks also finished higher.


AWARDS

`Avatar,’ `Trek,’ 8 others score Producer noms

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DAVID GERMAIN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Science-fiction scored big with the Producers
Guild of America, with “Avatar,” “Star Trek” and
“District 9” taking three of the 10 nominations Tuesday for the
group’s top film honors.

‘District 9′ + ‘Star Trek’ = An ‘Avatar’ loss at the Oscars?

from Entertainment Weekly’s Oscar Watch by Dave Karger

It’s often said that the Oscar race always changes once the
nominees are announced. And the science-fiction heavy Producers Guild of
America’s top 10 list, announced earlier today, raises an interesting question:
What if Avatar, District 9, and Star Trek all repeat and score Oscar
nominations for Best Picture?

Sandra Bullock to Deliver SAG Tribute to Betty White

from Entertainment Awards: News & Videos about Entertainment
Awards – CNN.com

The veteran Golden Girl will receive the Life Achievement
Award Jan. 23

Gaga, Pink to perform at Grammys

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5 (UPI) — The Dave Matthews Band, Green
Day, Lady Gaga, Pink and the Zac Brown Band have been booked to perform at the Grammy
Awards show in Los Angeles.

Wild Things, Crazy Heart, Lovely Bones and Bright Star All
Being Given Hard Time By the Academy

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Griping about the arbitration of those Oscar folk at the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences seems to be a rather popular sport, and one in full
season right now. For some reason, the most frequent complaints seem to revolve
around the terms of admission to the music categories.

Sony Cites Piracy as Reason For Moon’s Non-Oscar Campaign

from Movieline
Last week while Hollywood slept, Moon director Duncan Jones expressed his displeasure with Sony over its lack of
support for his “little film” in the run up the Oscars.

Academy Rules ‘Bright Star’ Adapted, Not Original

from The Wrap RSS by Steve Pond

Despite Appariton’s “For Your Consideration” ads, and
despite the Gurus of Gold voters who voted it the eighth-most-likely nominee, Jane
Campion’s “Bright Star” has no chance of winning an Oscar nomination in the
original-screenplay category.


FESTIVALS

Louis C.K. film lands a spot at Sundance

from EW.com: Movies

By Josh Rottenberg
Comedian’s ”Hilarious” will be the first stand-up comedy performance film to
crack festival’s lineup

‘Flying Lessons’ to launch Santa Barbara fest

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Derek Magyar’s feature film debut “Flying Lessons”
has been selected to serve as opening night film at the 25th Santa Barbara
International Film Festival, which kicks off Feb. 4 and runs through Feb. 14.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Monday, January 4, 2010

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Avatar tops Monday’s box office with $8.1 million

Sandra Bullock is Hollywood’s First $200M Woman

from The Wrap RSS by Josh Dickey

Sandra Bullock’s “The Blind Side” became the first film
driven solely by a top female star to cross $200 million at the domestic box
office, Variety reported Monday.

Sam Mendes in Talks to Direct the Next James Bond Movie

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Well we certainly didn’t see this one coming.

 

Why are conservatives gunning for ‘Avatar’?

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Pundits and bloggers on the right attack Hollywood for being
out of touch with moviegoers, but “Avatar” turns this theory on its
head.http://feeds.feedburner.com/%7Er/entertainment/news/celebrity/%7E4/h3IPzmVKgtw

 

Sean Penn Once Again Part of Three Stooges Cast; Film Still
Gestating

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
The Farrelly Brothers have been developing their new take on The Three
Stooges
for a long time, and last year seemed to finally have an
impressive cast locked down.

Killing Bono, Not Quite a U2 Biopic, to Begin Filming

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
We’ve written briefly before about Killing Bono,
a film based on the book by Neil McCormick. The author was a schoolmate of Bono’s,
and had his own band struggling in the shadow of U2 in megaband’s early days.

Jeff Bridges at the top of his game

from L.A. Times – Movie News

Bad Blake feels so real it seems Jeff Bridges was ‘destined’
to play the country crooner.

‘The Hobbit’ Casting Breakdowns Reveal Details About Bilbo
Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield And More!

from MTV Movies Blog by Josh Wigler
While we’re still not sure what Bilbo Baggins hates — other than chipped
glasses, cracked plates, blunted knives and bent forks, of course — we’re a bit
closer to learning what Guillermo
del Toro
and Peter Jackson are looking for in their titular Hobbit.

Controversial Darwin Biopic ‘Creation’ Coming to U.S.

from Wired: Entertainment by Scott Thill

The movie, which delves into the biologist’s personal life
as well as his theory of evolution, hits theaters Jan. 22. Get an exclusive
first look at a promo poster that borrows from one of Michelangelo’s most
famous religious paintings.

 

TELEVISION

ESPN, Discovery push third dimension for TV

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Two major cable networks – ESPN and
Discovery – will beam 3-D entertainment into peoples’ homes for the first time.

‘The Wire’ actor joins FX boxing drama ‘Lights Out’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jennifer Armstrong

The Wire’s Pablo Schreiber will play a boxing manager in FX’s
new drama Lights Out, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Ugly Betty’: A Daniel romance?

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Michael Ausiello gets word from series creator that sparks
may yet fly between our heroine and her boss

‘L&O: SVU’ collars Sharon Stone

from EW.com: TV

By Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello confirms Oscar-nominated actress is booked for a four-episode
arc beginning in April

TV Midseason Report Card

from Forbes.com: Media News by Lacey Rose

Fox looks to extend its dominance with the return of
”Idol,” while NBC is hoping the Olympics help it get back in the game.


MUSIC

Muse win 2009 record cover prize

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

The sleeve for the latest album by British rockers Muse is
named the best record cover of 2009 in an online poll.

‘Marie Claire’ Says Christina Aguilera’s New Album Is ‘Bionic’

from Idolator: Music News, Reviews, And Gossip by Robbie Daw

You might be forgiven for actually forgetting that Christina
Aguilera is still a player in the Rihanna/Gaga/Ke$ha-dominated pop game.

Wilco extends 2010 tour plans

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By David J. Prince,
Billboard

Wilco, the celebrated Chicago-based roots-rock band whose
latest album is nominated for a Grammy award, announced Monday a 16-date East
Coast tour kicking off March 22 that will find the band revisiting songs from
each of its seven studio albums.


ETC…

Brands Join the Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame — at $1M Price
Tag

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by bsteinberg@adage.com(Brian Steinberg)

NEW YORK (AdAge.com)
— If a marketer is willing to pay somewhere in the vicinity of $1 million or
so, it can get its brand next to Tinsel Town royalty on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame.

Kevin Bacon to be recognized for philanthropy

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By SANDY COHEN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood’s awards season is just
beginning, and Kevin Bacon has already won.

Lindsay Lohan says BFF Patrick Aufdenkamp betrayed her

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

The celebrity stylist is accused of lifting Lohan’s clothing
designs for his own line.

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